The Scrub that’s got everyone talking!

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So yeah! a very happy sunday to you all! I am here to talk about a scrub that got quite a bit of attention over the past few weeks!

You see, much as I would love to say that after a 10 hour-full time job, after managing laundry and dishes, and a husband who demands all my attention, and a rabbit that gives me look when i give him spinach I just do not get time- truth is I am lazy. I just do not want to step out of the house on a Sunday unless this 28 year old kid I call husband takes me out on a date or drives me. I mean I don’t know how to drive because I always thought if I knew how to they’d make me drive relatives and friends and family around. For the longest time I avoided cooking too for the same reasons 🙂

Look at me shameless and alright!

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So it all happened, this way, the scrub-

When  I expressed my ardent displeasure in my jiggly thighs- the princess of Egypt AKA Eman Sayyed Fathy gave me a solution that she thinks is common science and I think is stolen from Cleopatra’s tomb! Coffee beans are natural skin exfoliator and work on cellulite like wonder. What’s best is – throw in some sugar and some olive oil and you have a body polishing scrub that work 3 ways-

a) reduce cellulite

b) hydrates your skin

c) Prevents body hair from coming back

What else would you need from a scrub? You tell me.

IMG_0898So here goes the recipe!

Coffee beans residue

Olive oil (I freeze and keep in cubes)

Cocoa powder (for a hint of smell and color)

Sugar (Brown/white)

IMG_0899Mix it all up and scrub your body thrice a week while bath.

When you see the difference- come and let me know!

update: this scrub actually is Eman’s German roomie’s beauty tip. Apparently, some Brazilian guy is also involved in making this scrub effective saying brazilian coffee works best. So yeah- authenticity is pending. The result though is unmatched!

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Feel good Friday: Beer Mask for skin

Beer mask for skin. yes, that’s what we are going to talk about today. But before that, ‘morning ladies. How’s it going at yours? In this part of the world, things are all right. Happy and shining and springy and flowery and its beer time. The other day I had a discussion with a friend of mine about whether or not I’m selective about what I write in my blog considering a lot of my family members check this space regularly. You wanna know the answer? Heck no. I write things as I feel, as I want, as I do and experience. I love my family members and my friends but what they think of me would never really be a good enough reason for me to be selective in what I write ‘coz then to my audience, I’d be outright cheating. Yes, there are some things that I choose not to discuss over this space but whatever I write, it is as experienced. Best part is my family members are more than supportive to me and never really imposed anything on me by far. They believe in giving one their freedom and we always knew how to not misuse it. As simple as that. Now come on, take it easy and drink some! Or if you want that super skin without the calories, here’s a beer mask recipe for you.

We had some left over beer from our good times and since no one would touch that no-fizzy, flat beer, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to treat the lady in me with some exotic face mask. Easy and very quick to make, this mask gives instant results. Word of a real girl, no kidding. Whether you have had a long day at the open and your face is tanned or you are tired and need to revive those tired skin cells- this beer mask recipe will work just fine. I know what you are thinking. Can you use it before you hit a party? Yes, you can. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the mask and you’d never know you were dunked in beer an hour ago!

Note: This recipe will work for normal to combination skin, which is a plus point. Plus, this also helps reduce dark spots and blemishes.

Rest, why don’t you figure it out for yourself! You’ll be happily surprised.

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What you need

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Beer: 1/2 teaspoon

Egg white: 1

Almond extract: A drop

Whisk it all together and keep. Wash your face with the face wash you prefer, pat dry and apply mask directly on face.

Let it dry- at this point your skin will feel very taught and you’ll feel like your botox treatment has gone wrong. Just relax and think of Gerard Butler.

When completely dry, wash your face with lukewarm water and see the results. Honestly, if not the beer mask, I think Mr. Butler is also quite capable of giving you that dreamy glow. 😛

Real glow for real girls baby.

Try it out and let me know!

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Post-Christmas pampering: Abeachcottage sugar scrub recipe replicated

Hello Ladies! Morning from the creek side apartment, with twinkly lights. Got your cuppa yet? O or are you still recovering from port fountain? Honestly, me too. I think I could sleep for another 5 days, uninterrupted. But between my slumber and half-consciousness, I would love to give my feet some love; smother them in some oily and sugary goodness! And believe me, once you have tried this scrub, you would never really want to buy another expensive so called “organic” bull **** as this beats the butt out of any scrub that you’ve used by far.

Why would you believe me? Because I am cosmetic junkie and my feet are not the best feature of my body. In fact they are I think quite fugly by standard. They only look good in certain nail-colors, get dry very fast and gives me a hard time to make it look moisturized. Evidently, I have tried pretty much everything that can make my feet look pretty: consider everything. But nothing in this whole wide world could give me a feet like this did. This is absolutely amazing. Plus, this recipe come from the beachcottage queen, Sarah– I seriously cannot thank her enough for sharing this. It’s on her blog.

Let’s come to the dope then.

What you need for this o-so-beautiful scrub:

Granulated sugar

olive oil/ Almond oil (I use olive oil because its less expensive plus it works really well for me)

Essential oil: I used lavender, you can use any of your choice.

A glass bowl or jar

HOW

Pour the sugar and dowse it in oil till it reaches a scrub consistency. Now add a drop of your essential oil and mix well. Store in your bathroom shelf- it does have a pretty good shelf life.

My tip*

Crush granulated sugar to semi fine powder. Pour olive oil and 2 drops of lemon juice. This will work as a body polishing scrub too, all the while moisturizing you body.

Try this and see. You’ll be all excited as I am.

Toodles

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DIY: Sandalwood and Rose Bath Salts


Fancy skinny dipping into a tub full of fresh sandalwood oil and rose? I most certainly do. A homemade bath salt recipe was all I was waiting for! I found this recipe in Wendy’s blog, Herballisticgarden and I knew I had to get my hands smelly (in a good way) with essence and sea-salt. The result you ask? It’s unbelievable. Looks like store bought plus homemade ingredients makes it even more organic, plus this is  brilliant gifting solution- imagine in essence of seabreeze, lavender, Lilly of the valley and of course, cocoa and vanilla. Mine is sandalwood and rose petals.

Why Sandalwood for me

Pure sandalwood oil is known for its healing and therapeutic properties and is one of the most effective skin hydrating natural solution known to mankind. A drop of sandal wood in a teaspoon of water if rubbed on cracked & chapped skin brings instant healing, which means it is an elixir for ageing skin (Yeah, I’ll touch 30 in a couple of years and it’s good to start early).

Plus, sandalwood is also a natural toner that can be used on both oily and combination skin; believe me the result is stunning and I could only mention a few from its vast uses. In a word, let’s just say I simply had to use this magic potion from my very own country that produces one of the best sandalwood oils in the history of sandalwood.

What you’ll need:

Sea Salt: About 2 cups

Orange Food color: 3-4 drops

Pure Sandalwood Essential oil: 1/2 teaspoon (This will be expensive but buy the expensive one)

Rose petals, chopped: of one rose (Fresh or dry- you decide)

I did not include borax or plain salt though you can.

In a glass bowl, add everything except the color, and toss. Now, add color and toss again.

And now you are officially ready for a beauty bath.

P.S: Ahem, sandalwood is also an aphrodisiac. Know what I mean and where I’m headed?

Enjoy!

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